Elected officials, media personalities, faith leaders, and other notable people will visit classrooms and read to students around the City of Richmond this week.
Several Richmond City schools will hold community programs and activities in recognition of National Read Across America Day. This initiative, created by the National Education Association (NEA), focuses on motivating children and teens through reading events and activities as well as fostering community partnerships.
The lineup is as follows:
Wednesday, March 2nd
Bellevue Elementary School – 2301 East Grace Street 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Special Guest Readers: Representatives from the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, CarMax, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Richmond Police Department and Micah Initiative
Carver Elementary School – 1110 West Leigh Street 9:30 a.m. Special Guest Readers: First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe, Secretary of Education Anne Holton and members of the Governor’s Cabinet and Kiwanis Club of Richmond
Fairfield Court Elementary School – 2510 Phaup Street 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Special Guest Readers: Clovia Lawrence of 99.3/105.7 FM, Virginia Department of Education officials and PBS readers
J.B. Fisher Elementary School – 3701 Garden Road 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Special Guest Readers: RPS Superintendent Dr. Dana T. Bedden, RPS School Board Representative Kristen Larson, RPS Associate Superintendent of Academic Services Andrea Kane, RPS Executive Director of Elementary Schools Dr. Anthony Leonard, Richmond City Council Representative Kathy Graziano, Ros Runner of NBC12, Sean Robertson of CBS6 and members of the Richmond Police Department
John B. Cary Elementary School – 3021 Maplewood Avenue 10 a.m. Special Guest Readers: RPS School Board Representative Mamie Taylor, RPS Executive Director of Elementary Schools Dr. Anthony Leonard, RPS Director of School Nutrition Susan Roberson, Richmond Fire Chief Robert Creecy, Richmond Chief of Police Alfred Durham, VCU Chief of Police John Venuti, and members of Alicia Raisin’s Citizens Against Crime
Swansboro Elementary School – 3160 Midlothian Turnpike 9:30 a.m. Special Guest Readers: Secretary of Commonwealth Levar Stoney, Richmond City Council Representative Parker Agelasto, RPS School Board Representative Mamie Taylor, RPS Executive Director of Elementary Schools Dr. Anthony Leonard, RPS Instructional Specialist of Health & Physical Education Dr. Stefanie Ramsey, RPS Coordinator of Media & Technology Phyllis Gardner and representatives from Reveille United Methodist Church, Jewish Coalition for Literacy and Department of Social Services J.L. Francis Elementary School – 5146 Snead Road 9:30 a.m. – Noon Special Guest Readers: Representatives from CarMax and the Richmond Police Department
Oak Grove Elementary School – 2409 Webber Avenue 9:30 a.m. Special Guest Readers: Representatives from Trinity United Methodist Church, Micah Initiative and the Virginia Department of Education
Friday, March 4th:
Overby-Sheppard Elementary School – 2300 First Avenue 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Special Guest Readers: Lieutenant Governor Ralph S. Northam, Richmond Sheriff C.T. Woody, Richmond Police Chief Durham